Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner visited Spital Hill, Sheffield yesterday, (Thursday, 29 June) to meet with faith leaders and local businesses.

Accepting an invitation to meet with Imam Ayoub at the Kurdish Mosque in the Firdaws Trust Centre on Sorby Street, the Commissioner took time to listen to how the diverse community are pulling together to reassure residents after community tensions.

Dr Billings was keen to visit the area in the aftermath of recent incidents. Iman Ayoub discussed with the Commissioner how the community was working together with the police and how well individuals from different nationalities all had the same agenda to keep local residents safe.

He said: “I would like to thank Imam Ayoub for his hospitality and the invitation to visit the mosque.  We spent time discussing the diverse communities within Spital Hill and how closely they are all pulling together.

“I was pleased to hear how the community were welcoming the additional officers based in Sorby House and how their visibility in the area on patrol is helping local residents feel safe.”

During a walkabout in the area with Inspector Shakeel Ahmed, the Commissioner visited Sorby House, where the additional officers will be based and had the opportunity to see how closely the police will be working with partner agencies in the area.

Dr Billings also visited local business The Real Junk Food Project.  He heard about how they turn items of food on their sell by date in to ingredients for meals in their Steeple Corner Café.  The project provides the opportunity for people to visit their premises to buy food on a contribution only basis.